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« on: December 17, 2006 11:48:58 AM »

I've been going through my mother's craft stuff lately, as she hasn't wanted to use anything she owns. I found some fimo, and I immediately got ideas on how to use it.

The problem is, I know it's quite old. I couldn't give an exact date, but there's not a chance it's newer then 5 years, as that's when she was diagnosed with clinical depression. Really, it's somewhere between 10-5 years old.

Can I still use this stuff? The colours are black and grey, if that matters.

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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2006 04:17:53 PM »

First, the gray may be "mud" (which is scrap clay all mixed up together) or it might be just purchased gray.


You can reconstitute any polymer clay (even totally-cured clay if you want to go to the trouble, which I don't recommend  Shocked), but if it's really-hard clay it may not be worth taking the time, especially if you don't have certain things on hand.

If the clay is just "hard" of stiff, you can do some of the things below, or you can cut off thin slabs then put them through a pasta machine a bunch of times, or you can break of pieces and knead them by hand then press together a few (squeeze a little to compress, then roll into ball or snake, then into a snake if you didn't do that first ... then twist that snake as much as you can, double it over then double it over again and twist again ...  repeat the whole process till a snake of clay does not crack at the bend when it's doubled over.

If clay is really hard (or instead of above), you can start by beating the clay with a hammer (in a thick plastic bag preferably), or by putting smallish-pieces in a food processor (large or small unit, but must be dedicated to polymer clay after that).

Either way, after that you may then need a "softener" added (in processor if using one, after you have small crumbles), or you can do that by using just a little Vaseline, vegetable oil, glycerin, etc., or by adding a softer clay (even Mix Quick but that's more expensive... of the softer brands, I'd suggest using FimoSoft or Premo rather than Sculpey unless you don't add more than about 10-15%, because the resulting clay would be weaker with Sculpey).
Then you can run through your pasta machine (on sequentially smaller openings, then fold and roll through on same opening fold first..repeatedly).  Or you can roll over the clay with a solid heavy roller (long, thick acrylic rods are good), then twist as above.

Sometimes getting the clay really warm helps to soften the clay too (but not too hot or it will begin to cure) though that can take a little longer.

You can get many more details ( a little more clearly) on all the ways to condition regular, stiff, or really-hard clays on this page at my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Conditioning.htm

P.S.  If you want to buy more colors, check this page for buying just a few more colors, then mixing your own palettes:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/color.htm



HTH,

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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2007 09:46:10 AM »

I used to play with Fimo clay years ago. Then, about a year ago, I found a huge bag of over 20 packs of unopened colors at goodwill, and had to picked it up. Well, that has sat in my craft chest for about a year, and I have no idea how old it was when I picked it up at goodwill. Today I finally got it out and it crumbled to a powder when I tryed to work it enough to soften it. I put it in a ziplock bag and, after an hour of squeezing and stepping on it, I've managed to get it only slightly softer than when I started. Atleast it's sticking together now. So I guess I have two questions... First, can fimo clay get too old to use? Am I just wasting my time here? And Second, Is there a better/ quicker way to soften up fimo clay? I even tryed to add a tiny bit of water to one small sample, even though I seem to remember that you shouldn't do that, and it turned into a sticky dough.
Never mind, I think I found my answer burried in this bord...http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=140066.0
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2007 10:31:39 AM »

Thanks for your question. I had a similar one myself, but I couldn't remove the message after I found this post. I guess I should have looked more carefully first. You should have your mom help you with it. Not only will it help to have someone with experiance helping you (you can use this as an excuse to get her to help), but It might make her feel a little better to be crafting (It has helped me in the past, even if for just a short while), not to mension spending quality time with her daughter. I hope your mom feels better, I know what it's like to deal with depression. I used to spend hours crafting and talking with my mom. I wish she was still around to do this. Enjoy what time you have with your mom, life is short.
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2007 10:36:58 AM »

No fair! What IS the answer?
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2007 12:07:01 PM »

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No fair!  What IS the answer?

As Poe Poe said, there are answers in this brief thread (just click on this link):
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=140066.0

(The short answers, though, are:  it doesn't really "expire" if treated well, even cured clay can be reconstituted if one wants to go to the trouble, and yes there are various ways to make the process of conditioning the clay go faster.)


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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2007 01:43:21 PM »

Well, as they say in Play "D'oh!"
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